Pacquiao vs. Marquez: 5 Possible Fights Pac Man Will Be Looking Forward To
After his November showdown against Juan Manuel Marquez, pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao should be looking ahead to his next possible fight, granted he can beat Marquez first—the fighter that has given him the most trouble in recent history.
With a fair amount of quality fighters who would love a shot at Pacquiao, he should have no shortage of possible opponents to chose from.
Here are the five possible fights that Pacquiao could take on after his rubber match with Marquez next month.
A fighter who you will hear come up here-and-there is fellow pound-for-pound ranked boxer Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs).
Even though Martinez is a middleweight, the fighter has stated that he is willing to take Pacquiao on at a catch weight of 150 pounds.
IF this fight was likely to happen, one would expect Martinez to outweigh Pacquiao on fight day by a good 8-12 pounds, making for an uphill battle for Pacquiao, which is why many boxing buffs believe the fight would never take off in the first place.
Although it seems that junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) wants a shot at Floyd Mayweather more than any other fight, a possible bout with Manny Pacquiao would be a solid, interesting fight.
The 24-year-old Khan would give Pacquiao all he could handle in a fight between two different generations in the ring.
The fight would have drawing power, and would be a successful matchup if the fight should ever take place.
Giving an up-and-coming boxer the biggest fight of his life would be entirely up to Pacquiao, and is a fight he needs to consider going forward.
In a fight that may have been set up already if Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) did not lose to Victor Ortiz earlier this year, a Berto-Manny Pacquiao bout would be a solid fight.
After the surprising decision loss to Ortiz, Berto regrouped and stopped Dejan Zavec in the fifth round of their fight this past September.
Berto was an aggressive, exciting fighter early on in his career, but went to a more defensive fighter once he became established as a pound-for-pound great, and may have been why Ortiz was able to defeat Berto in their fight,
Berto looked to be back on the aggressive side in the Zavec fight, and would pose a serious threat to Pacquiao, as Berto is as skilled, and powerful as almost any fighter when he wants to be, and has as fair of a chance as Pacquiao would to win the fight if it were to ever take place.
A recent add in to the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's fight with Juan Manuel Marquez next month, WBO junior lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (27-0-1 NC, 11 KOs) would be an obvious fight possibility for Pac Man as well.
With speculation that Bradley signing with Top Rank was a step in the direction of fighting Pacquiao in 2012, a Bradley fight may be the most likely of all possible fights for Pac Man after his Marquez showdown in November.
Yahoo Sports boxing analyst Kevin Iole even went as far as saying it would be likely, should the two fighters win their November 12th fights, that they would meet on May 5th, 2012—Cinco De Mayo, a traditionally huge boxing weekend.
Bradley is a fighter similar to Floyd Mayweather in the way he is a defensive fighter that utilizes counter punching as an effective strategy to outbox an opponent, but doesn't quite have the knockout power Money May possesses.
Fresh off his controversial knockout of Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KO's) is the other half to the dream match up the boxing world has been waiting to see Manny Pacquiao fight over the past three years.
With more than a few things holding the fight back we may never see this fight actually make it out of peoples' imaginations and into an actual ring, but we can always hold out hope that the biggest fight of an era will take place.
The two pound-for-pound greats would finally put to rest the countless arguments between the two fighters' fans over who would beat who, and which fighter is the real pound-for-pound best of the last decade.
The fight would be the biggest sporting event of recent history, and would break records as far as money made at the gate, and Pay-Per-View buys.
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